Lebanese opposition leader launches TV station
Saturday, July 21st, 2007

OTV logoChristian opposition leader Michel Aoun has launched his own television channel as Lebanon prepares for the first round of presidential elections in September. Michel Aoun, the sole declared candidate to date for Lebanon’s presidential election, launched OTV yesterday evening, broadcasting a news bulletin.

The TV channel has an orange symbol which takes its colour from the retired general’s Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). In its initial phase, the channel is to put out six hours of broadcasting a day.

The station has been planned since early 2006. At the time of the initial announcement, party spokesperson Roy Hashem said “The reason behind launching our own TV station, which will be called OTV, is that our political views are not being transmitted properly by some television stations. Without having our own TV station we will not be able to reflect our political and social program properly.”

The station is initially broadcasting 6-8 hours a day, but in a few months will commence 24-hour broadcasts.

(Source: various)